Learning the Language of Global Citizenship

Learning the Language of Global Citizenship

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While addressing the implications of rising multilingualism in America, Learning the Language of Global Citizenship explores the link between the achievement gap and academic language proficiency, as well as civic literacy and the individuals' motivation for civic engagement. In this book, the authors show how service-learning enhances language learning, international understanding, and global civic participation skills. This is a topical book designed for practical use by service-learning and language educators in applied linguistics and related disciplines such as English, foreign languages, hearing and speech sciences, and TESOL. It introduces readers to current and unique approaches toward research on first- and second-language acquisition, language policy and planning, language testing and methodology, assessment, and bilingualism. The book also raises fundamental questions for undergraduate and graduate courses with social justice themes by considering educational, linguistic, and human rights issues. Learning the Language of Global Citizenship is divided into four parts: Theoretical framework for developing service-learning projects in applied linguistics Domestic service-learning efforts International service-learning efforts Service-learning research reports representing Spanish, TESOL, teacher education, and composition studies The authors make a convincing case for promoting and preparing learners for educated and engaged citizenship in both local and global arenas. Each of the projects and methods they describe emphasizes the importance of second language proficiency for establishing and sustaining academic community partnerships in today's multilingual and multicultural societies.The student tutors also write at least four three-part journal entries on their community service experience, which include a ... critical reflection, for example when an experience in the field raises questions about a theory studied in class, or vice versa. ... Student tutors also write an end-ofsemester service-learning reflection paper analyzing their entire tutorial experience and linking it to the course material.

Title:Learning the Language of Global Citizenship
Author:Adrian J. Wurr, Josef Hellebrandt
Publisher:Jossey-Bass - 2007-01-09


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